Tales of the Resistance

After doing the Spreadsheet, I realized that I had a real hunger for hearing about what’s being done to organize and resist all over the country and all over the world. So from now on, I’m going to collect and post as many stories about this as I can. And I’m also going to go through the spreadsheet to look for places I can highlight as well. Those are stories too.

The first one is Priorities USA. According to Political Wire. The effort to elect Hillary is morphing into becoming a center of Democratic opposition to the Trump Agenda. An organization that is well-funded, already running, and has support from major Democratic donors will be a needed center of gravity as we move forward.

New Priorities USA Site

A Sam Gamgee Democrat

Of all of the main characters in the Lord of the Rings, Sam Gamgee was, as you know, Frodo’s faithful companion duirng the Quest. While he never thought of himself as a hero, his bravery often saved the day for the quest. When the wargs (ghost wolves) surrounded the camp near the Mountains of Moria, it was Sam who reminded the group that they weren’t eaten yet and people took heart. It was Sam who kept Frodo going during the last stage. The point is that while he sometimes underestimated himself, he always managed to save the day.

So it is with us. We may not lead the marches, but we work hard to make sure they take place. We pour the coffee, write the blogs, make sure people get the resources they need to do the fight. And we don’t give in easily to despair. We know that victory comes from doing the essential things that need to be done, by taking that first step.

Many people seem to be unable to take that first step. They feel they aren’t King, or Malcolm. When I bring up meetings, the sense is that they need permission to do something or that they don’t have time. Yes, it seems overwhelming, but go to-or even set up that meeting.

I used to do that a long time ago (another subject).; I would ride an hour and a half to get there every week. Of course, now I’m a little busier, but I do what I can from home. I brought a cake for Hillary organizers. I gave to a blog. I’ve signed petitions. It all helps.

Don’t Mourn-Organize!

Recently, I have been reading all of the blogs and so many of them insist we are doomed, that Trump will win everything, that there’s nothing we can do about it, et cetera. That we are inexorably headed towards Chile, or Nazi Germany, or something similar.

Me, I’ve felt the opposite. I want to resist and rebuild. Maybe it’s because I’m a Harry Truman, Samwise Gamgee Democrat who insists “we aren’t eten yet”, and because despite the whole condemnation of Trump voters, there are some folks who were simply bamboozled into supporting someone who they saw on TV (and TV presents people in a light better than they really are).

But most importantly, instead of focusing on whether or not they get it-why not start with some unity? And Organization? If we are unified, then the stragglers and the folks who get it later have a place to go that’s already humming. Also unity can help stop a lot of stuff from happening in the first place.

In a sense, (without getting too personal) I’ve been there twice. To do things that were beyond my capacity by holding out the promise that something will come of the suffering. In the end, I left abruptly the relationships it involved, and the only thing I really carried away was a pet cat I adored, and experience. And a long-standing feeling I was used. One of the people died, the other still lives and I’m just now feeling a desire to reconcile.

When it happens, a unified front will be needed.

Dont mourn, Organize

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This site is ready for Hillary

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Sometimes things get better with age. I think Hillary Clinton is one of them. This time around, unlike 2008, she seems more self-assured and calmer. Perhaps it’s because she’s finally out of Bill’s shadow, so to speak. Secretary of State does that to you, giving you a chance to play on the world’s big stage. Perhaps that’s why up until Truman, the Secretary of State was third in line for the Presidency.

Hillary has worked hard, studied behind the master (her husband), and is ready to run and ready to govern.

And who knew that her competition would be the insane Trump, a reality show host with nothing to offer but arrogance and ignorance who traffics in fear and hate? And Bernie Sanders, barely a Democrat (became one this year)equally angry and barely more substance? This might be the year when a woman’s approach might smooth the anger, might be the solution to rage-a mindless rage that only seeks victims and a reason to rage against change.

Of course, nothing comes easy-the higher the stakes, the harder the work. I’m sure Hillary knows this-and knows she needs the help from many. I decided to become one of the helpers.I’ve already signed up to volunteer for the campaign, am already registered to vote, and have the necessary id. In later posts, I plan to do whatever little I can to help you do the same.

Where do we go from here?

Mary Landrieu lost, which was expected. Maybe it’s the optimist in me, but I think it’s temporary. In two years, there will be a comeback. (Dunno why I think that way-I didn’t consult my stars-not yet, anyway)

Where do we go from here, and what do we do?

Build the support structure in the Democratic Party for the growing liberal issue groups-the minimum wage increases, pot legalization, the environment-gay rights and much more. Get some activists to run. And btw, stop bashing those who choose to run as “corporatist”. Some compromises have to be made, and I would rather have some progress than none at all.

I think some of this attitude is the left over from the 1960’s radicals that were more interested in overthrowing the system than actually working to improve it-or who had a disdain for politics because it was reformist and not revolutionary.

So noting that there has been progress, that things have improved is seen as reactionary or “hopey-changey”. Tell that to the women who now can get credit in their name, effectively run for office, at least be heard, get jobs other than secretary and nurse and teacher.

Tell that to black folks who now at least go to college in numbers that are unprecedented and now live in those once red-lined suburbs. Black professionals are no longer a novelty, someone who at least has a college degree not a rarity.

When I grew up, black people only were on tv as entertainers. Now I get to mock the clueless Don Lemon playing at being reporter, see black mayors and a governor and Neil DeGrasse Tyson. And the rest of us on YouTube and Twitter and god knows how many more.

Tell that to the millions who now have health insurance through a “corporatist” compromise system that the new medicine and treatment they are getting is a bad thing.

Tell gay people and even some trans people that the freedom to simply be themselves without fear, the freedom to marry is not good enough to tell that story. I grew up when the world “gay” was enough to put a book under the counter, when there wasn’t even attention paid to these issues. I was a young adult when Harvey Milk created a political earthquake, when books that blamed the activist lesbians for “derailing” the women’s movement came out.

Yes, many people are despairing at the non-indictment of the killer cops. But what I find heartening is the protests. Back in 1967, 1968, only a few whites even dared to stand by us-and the riots scared even sympathetic whites away. This time, there have been mostly peaceful protests that have been astonishingly integrated. The “race war” the racist morons wanted isn’t happening anytime soon. They have been dining out and getting points on those riots for decades-and expected the same to happen here. It didn’t-and won’t-due to better communication, better political representation and dare I say it-more integrated leadership. And unlike 1967-1968, there are people talking about practical solutions like cameras, independent prosecutors, and telling their stories. And we have people who know about all these matters in both elected and appointed positions with the skills and power to implement those solutions.

And btw, it’s been worth every vote cast, every dollar spent to have Obama there now. Some folks may not have liked some of his response-they wanted that swagger. But he has convened people together to implement what solutions he can-and he is in position to do some things by executive order. Beats the Kerner Commission report any day. (Not the original, but a second look)

And that’s something else I’ve noticed that may be the right’s weakness. They are facing the world of 2014 using the mindset that hasn’t changed since 1967. I realized that in my Twitter war with Peggy Noonan-she blamed ‘leftists” for leading this stuff. Earth to Peggy: there is no “leftist” group anymore. Just us, looking for justice. Because they don’t even begin to comprehend this era, they can’t really manage what’s going on here.

It’s like the obsession with Soros funding this. Soros sends a little money to some folks. But the vast majority for justice is funded by just us-sometimes it’s even unpaid stuff. The reason? The internet makes it possible to spread the word for free-and for little ventures to be funded by little donations.

Don’t let them get away with blaming “the culture”. It isn’t the culture-it’s toxic right wing talk on and offline They want to stop you from thinking about why it is that we can’t be open about our ideas without fearing violence, and why 600 radio stations feature nothing but retrograde talk all day and all night.

Don’t let them get away with false equivalence. There is no left equivalent to the blowhards on the right who are courted-and feared-by the legislators. The left crazies have at the most a blog or website somewhere and a podcast that is listened to by 50. The right crazies have networks and 600 stations and get tv time.

In the immortal words of Joe Hill: “Don’t Mourn-Organize!”